Critical Optimist Presents…Industry Herb!

I’ve been doing Critical Optimist for a couple years now and I’ve loved it every step of the way, don’t get me wrong. It does get lonely though. That’s why my collaborator Laney Kuczmynda and I are launching Industry Herb. A podcast about the inside trends and goings on in today’s entertainment industry. Our desireContinue reading “Critical Optimist Presents…Industry Herb!”

Venom Prison: The Feminist Sledgehammer Deathcore Didn’t Know It Needed

Metal vocalist Larissa Stupar moved to Wales in 2014, where she met Ash Gray. The two hit it off and decided to form a band, they both had been members of other outfits before but had slightly different plans for this band. They took the name “Venom Prison” and recruited two more members to createContinue reading “Venom Prison: The Feminist Sledgehammer Deathcore Didn’t Know It Needed”

Denzel Curry: Coming out of the ZUU

Last year Denzel Curry put out an album that seemed sonically and conceptually to be his magnum opus, or at least intended so. “TA1300” or “Taboo” discusses paranoia, fear, hatred, and a whole host of truly dark things that are seen as “taboo” in the rap game. This was a bold project that pushed CurryContinue reading “Denzel Curry: Coming out of the ZUU”

G.O.O.D. Music’s G.R.E.A.T. Summer

This spring Kanye West did a great job making pretty much everyone mad through a relentless barrage of nonsense tweets, political opinions, and poopidy-scooping.  He then followed this by producing in quick succession five excellent albums that each clock in at about a half-hour and feature some truly inventive production along with some talented vocalsContinue reading “G.O.O.D. Music’s G.R.E.A.T. Summer”


We’ve reached a weird point in Star Wars fandom.  Back in the 70s and 80s there were few popular franchises that received the amount of attention and mainstream exposure that the series did and as a result lots of then kids and teenagers grew to be adults in the 90s when the “extended universe” tookContinue reading “Solo”

Shakespearean Tragedy in Avengers: Infinity War

Well, it’s been over a month since Avengers: Infinity War was released.  This is going to be less of a review of the film (because, lets face it, these things are review proof anyway) and more of an in depth analysis of how it is a textbook Shakespearian tragedy.  With that said, there are some majorContinue reading “Shakespearean Tragedy in Avengers: Infinity War”